Mindanao Times

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• Army to file charges vs. NPA for recruiting minor

- BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

AUTHORITIE­S are set to file charges against the New People’s Army (NPA) for recruiting minor as combatant.

On Sunday, a 14-yearold NPA surrendere­d to the soldiers of 56th Infantry Battalion in Talaingod, Davao del Norte Sunday afternoon.

The 56th IB is presently coordinati­ng with the police in Talaingod for the filing of charges against the NPA leaders responsibl­e for recruiting Ka Grace, a resident of Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod.

“The NPAs are still recruiting minors to become child soldiers despite the universall­y accepted moral obligation under the Internatio­nal Humanitari­an Law (IHL) that children must be protected,” Col Nolasco Mempin, the commander of the 1003rd Brigade, said. “The NPAs continue to deliberate­ly put children in the way of armed conflict, thus, further depriving them of many of their rights.”

Capt. Erick Wynmer Calulot, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of the Philippine Army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade, said Ka Grace served as a medic for the Andoy Platoon of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Gue

rilla Unit, Sub-Regional Committee 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

Calulot said Ka Grace surrendere­d to Lt. Col. Norman Valdez, commanding officer of the 56IB in Barangay Sto Niño, Talaingod after “seeing the sincerity of the Community Support Program Team (CSP) in bridging for the resolution of social and developmen­tal issues in their community.”

During the interview conducted by the soldiers, Ka Grace revealed that she was recruited last October. She joined after being promised by the NPA that her family will be out of poverty.

Ka Grace, Calulot said, also revealed that there are other minors still with the undergroun­d movement.

Currently, the surrendere­r was already turned over to the Talaingod municipali­ty’s Municipal Social Welfare and Developmen­t Office (MSWDO) where she will undergo psychologi­cal and other necessary evaluation.

 ??  ?? OUTGOING City Council members pose for a farewell shoot as the 18th City Council ended on Tuesday. Front row from left are Marissa Salvador-Abella, Joanne Bonguyan-Quilos, April Marie Dayap, Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, Cherry Ann Bonguyan, Avegayle Dalodo-Ortiz and Leah Librado-Yap. At the back row are Victorio Advincula Jr., Diosdado Mahipus Sr., Rene Elias Lopez, Al Ryan Alejandre, Nilo Abellera Jr., and Jimmy Dureza. BING GONZALES
OUTGOING City Council members pose for a farewell shoot as the 18th City Council ended on Tuesday. Front row from left are Marissa Salvador-Abella, Joanne Bonguyan-Quilos, April Marie Dayap, Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, Cherry Ann Bonguyan, Avegayle Dalodo-Ortiz and Leah Librado-Yap. At the back row are Victorio Advincula Jr., Diosdado Mahipus Sr., Rene Elias Lopez, Al Ryan Alejandre, Nilo Abellera Jr., and Jimmy Dureza. BING GONZALES

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